Frequently Asked Questions
How did the Friends of Coeur d’Alene Park get started?
The Friends of Coeur d'Alene Park began with the renovation of the gazebo in 2013. The original gazebo was built in 1891 as a bandstand. It was rebuilt in 1990 but the wood columns were rotted through and the structure was leaning to the west and near collapse. Concerned citizens formed the Friends of Coeur d'Alene Park and began working with the City of Spokane Parks & Recreation to find funding to do the renovation. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place in August of 2013.
Who is in the Friends of Coeur d’Alene Park?
The Friends of Coeur d'Alene Park is made up of residents of Browne’s Addition and of Spokane who are interested in the restoration and maintenance of the parks and green spaces in Browne’s Addition.
What improvements has the Friends of Coeur d’Alene Park decided are most important?
The Friends of Coeur d’Alene Park is presently working towards replacing the wood playground, and old play structures for older children, upgrading the bathroom, and creating a curved pathway with exercise stations around the park. All of these elements are part of the park Master Plan, which was approved by the Spokane Parks Board in 2015.
Why doesn’t the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department pay for park improvements?
The parks system depends on tax dollars and grants for major park improvements. As these funding sources have decreased, the amount of money for upkeep and improvements has declined so neighborhood groups like the Friends of Coeur d'Alene Park must find the monies to take care of the public green spaces. Having a master plan for the park helps in this process, as the needs of the park are have been identified and prioritized via public input. It is the aim of Friends of Coeur d'Alene Park to assist in funding for capital projects through fund-raising efforts and working with the Parks Board and the Parks Operations Department.